Facebook is telling lies about pages I like. They just sent an email associating my name with a list of right wing pages I’ve never visited let alone liked.
I have more than one Facebook account. One is my primary, personal, account, the one I chat with my friends on, share memes etc. The other account is my work account, I use it to manage the company Facebook page and apps. I do this because it’s a really, really, bad idea from a security standpoint to mix personal accounts with business. To keep things easy we’ll call them “Social John” and “Work John“.
Not much happens with the Work John account, I’m not the primary admin of our pages so I don’t use it much. Because of this Facebook keeps sending the Work John email trying to entice him to use the service more.
Today a very weird email arrived from Facebook for Work John
Superficially it is suggesting to Work John that his friend Social John likes pages and so should Work John. I’ve got all the “dont use me for ads” setting locked down so this came as a bit of a surprise. However on reflection telling people their friends like things is reasonable, I suppose.
What’s not reasonable is the list of pages right under my name. Anybody who reads my feed know I’m on the liberal end of the political spectrum, I was after all part of Howard Dean’s national campaign staff in his presidential bid. So why is Facebook associating my name with the NRA, Mr Conservative and a right wing blogger I’d never heard of?
I re-checked and I haven’t accidentally ”liked” any of them. I don’t browse the web logged into the Work John account, it only has one “friend” and that’s Social John.
This is very disturbing on a lot of levels, facebook misrepresenting my political views is a big deal to me. Implying I like Caddyshack is borderline defamatory. As far as I can tell there is no way to stop Facebook doing this, they just lie about you behind your back and you never find out.
Do you know what Facebook is saying about you behind your back?
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